Moroccan producer Nabil MJ comes to AlexMo's label
In its Original form, Watching The Waves is a more innocent style of trance than Morality Records' usual output. But label boss AlexMo liked it so much he signed it to the label anyway, then put his own stamp on it by doing a remix, so you have the best of both worlds.
The Original Mix starts with a lead sound, kick and other percussive elements; then, after a small breakdown, the track starts to blossom with the introduction of more melodic elements – choral pads, a bassline and more lead lines, including a simple but effective piano riff in the forefront. There's a big breakdown with lush uplifting strings and then the main riff that carries it forward. Proper hands-in-the-air trance like they used to make!
Then you have the AlexMo Remix, which is also uplifting and uses the same sounds, but has added grunt thanks to a tasty acid line and a different arrangement. In the breakdown things are more harmonious and the sounds are bigger, and when it kicks back in there's more going on in the soundscape, the acid line giving it a toughness that was lacking from the original.
Both mixes work well and sound good at high volume, but the AlexMo Remix edges it over the original for me thanks to the tougher sound and added 303.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 20 November
Review Score: 8